USA vs. the World
April 11, 2008 ï¿½Portland, Ore.
The 2008 Nike Hoop Summit is not an all-star game--it's the USA vs. the World. At stake for the Americans is not only pride, but a six-game win streak. Meanwhile, the World Select Team members are hoping to capitalize on their opportunity to display their talent for all of America. Nationally broadcast April 12 at 4 p.m. (ET) on Fox Sports Net, the Nike Hoop Summit is all about tomorrow's stars in today's game.
Nine of the U.S. players, with the exception of Tyreke Evans have signed a National Letter of Intent for 2008-09 NCAA season, while four World Team members will compete at the Division I level as well. Samardo Samuels has signed with Louisville, Angel Garcia has signed with Memphis, Devoe Joseph will play for Minnesota and Emmanuel Negedu will compete for Arizona.
USABasketball.com caught up with Don Showalter, head of the Men's Youth Develpemnt Committee, to get some perspective on the nation's premier high school boys basketball game.
USA Basketball Men's Youth Developmental Committee Chair
The USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Committee works very hard every year to make sure that we put together a team that isn't just the 10 best high school players in the country. The team is about putting together a roster hat includes the best players at every position, one through five, and bringing in guys that we feel have the ability to play well together as a team.
We are very proud of this event, the talent it showcases and it's track record. When you look back at the players that have been involved in the game, it's an amazing the roster of guys, and this year will be no exception.
Head coach Doug Mitchell and assistant coach John Olive have lots of experience dealing with elite players, and we are confident they will get the best out of these guys. It's a tough line to walk when you have only four practices to get your team game ready, but these coaches can do it.
I think this team's particular strength is in its guard play. Jrue Holiday and Jerime Anderson, for example, are guards the committee felt will be able to control the game and keep the pace in the USA's favor. The World Select Team is very tall this year, and it's more important than ever that we control the pace of the game.
Nike has done an outstanding job assembling one of the best World Teams to play in this event in many years, if not ever. Samardo Samuels, for example, played in the McDonald's game and is headed to Louisville, and he is a kid that knows what it takes to beat our guys. They are particularly tall this year, listing a 7'3' guy, and if there is an area the USA may falter in, rebounding is it. We are going to have to be tough inside and dominate the glass to take control of this game.